Juneteenth Celebration

The South Coast Equity Coalition in partnership with the Juneteenth Celebration Committee is hosting Coos County’s Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration June 17 and 19, 2023.

Our theme this year is Family Reunion. We chose this theme because for Black communities, family reunions have centered around resilience through storytelling, visibility, joy and food.

On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas finally learned that they had been freed from bondage. President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier, but Texas slaveholders hid that fact from the people they kept in chains. Since then, generations of Black Americans have celebrated the anniversary of that liberation as “Juneteenth.”

The South Coast Equity Coalition is honored and delighted to bring the FREE celebration to Coos County for the third year with fun, education, entertainment, and activities for all!

Juneteenth Celebration Itinerary

Saturday, June 17, 2023

11 am – 1 pm A Keynote Address from Oregon Remembrance Project’s Taylor Stewart  

FREE discussion followed by Q&A at the Coos History Museum with Taylor Stewart.  Learn about Juneteenth and its historical ties to black communities and how resilience through equity is achieved. We will also be remembering the life of Mr. Alonzo Tucker.

Taylor Stewart has resided in Portland, OR his entire life. He graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Communication and Portland State University with a Master’s in Social Work. Two encounters inspired Stewart to start the Oregon Remembrance Project. The first was a quote from John Lewis, longtime Civil Rights icon and Congressman from Georgia, who said, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” This inspired Stewart with the fierce urgency of now. The second was the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum where the museum focused on the stories of everyday Mississippians who did their part to pave the way for justice. This taught Stewart the idea that you don’t have to be an extraordinary person to do extraordinary things. Stewart’s life was transformed by the opportunity to participate in the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Projects. He hopes to bring that same opportunity for transformation to other individuals and communities in Oregon.

To learn more about Mr. Alonzo Tucker follow the link:  https://www.oregonremembrance.org/the-story

Saturday, June 17, 2023

4 pm – 8 pm The Family Reunion Reception at Black Market Gourmet

4:30 pm Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Zoey Acker

5:00 pm Oregon’s Black Pioneers by Carolyn Acker  

5:30 pm A Taste of Reliance by Chef Jardin Kazaar

6:00 pm Black National Anthem by Gold Meadows

6:30 pm Intermission (A lot of fun with music, food, and arts and crafts)

8:00 pm Closing of the Space (Call to Action) by Taylor Stewards

FREE day at Black Market Gourmet with music, food, arts, crafts and activities for all ages!

Black Market Gourmet is located at 495 Central Ave, Coos Bay, 97420

Monday, June 19, 2023

6 pm – 8 pm FREE Movie Night at the Egyptian Theatre

On the day of Juneteenth, the planning committee will be showing a family friendly movie, Soul, a Disney Pixar film. The movie centers on Joe, a middle school band teacher who feels unfulfilled because his ambition is to be a full-time jazz musician. On the day he lands the biggest gig of his career, Joe nearly dies — but then gets the chance to return to his body if he can figure out the purpose of his life.

The South Coast Equity Coalition is a Regional Health Equity Coalition (RHEC), we are an autonomous, community-driven, and cross-sector group. We work by building on the inherent strengths of local communities to meaningfully involve them in identifying sustainable, long- term, policy, system and environmental solutions to increase health equity for communities of color, and those living at the intersection of race/ethnicity and other marginalized identities.

For more information about the Juneteenth Celebration and the South Coast Equity Coalition, visit https://southcoastequity.org/ or email [email protected].


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